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Kazan resident bestowed honorable title Wikimedian of the Year
There is a holder of the title the Wikimedian of the Year in Russia, IA Theatre-Inform reports. Farhad Fatkullin from Tatarstan received this honourable title bestowed to a Russian national for the first time in history.
His name was announced in the course of the closing ceremony of the International Forum Wikimedia “Wikimania-2018. The forum was held in the South-American Cape Town.
Announcing the awarding ceremony, the founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales has explained that the Russian national is taking up organizing activities among the representatives of the community speaking the regional languages in our country. In his words, these activities go far beyond the borders of the native Tatar language. Wales has highly evaluated the role of Fatkullin in setting connections between citizens of different countries.
The awarding was quite unexpected for the recipient. He got to know about it while he was interpreting at the closing ceremony of the conference. Having a perfect command of English, Fatkullin was interpreting presentations of his colleagues from the Russian regions who do not speak English. The translator has explained that after this award he needs to think how to keep his face.
Farhad Fatkullin was born in autumn 1979 in Kazan. He does simultaneous translation. He has started compiling a network encyclopedia called Wikipedia in the Tatar language 6 years ago. He has been taking part in the meta-project Wikipedia in the languages of the Russian peoples for 3 years.